Saturday, March 30, 2013
In Memory of Leslie Cheung
Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing (12 September 1956 – 1 April 2003), nicknamed "Gor Gor" (哥哥), which stands for “Elder brother”, was a Hong Kong film actor and musician. Cheung was considered as "one of the founding fathers of Cantopop", and "combining a hugely successful film and music career".
In 2000, Cheung was named Asian Biggest Superstar by China Central Television, and voted/ranked the 1st as The Most Favorite Actor in 100 Years of Chinese Cinema in 2005. In 2010 he was voted the third of the CNN's "top five most iconic musician of all time" placing behind Michael Jackson and The Beatles.
In 1982, Cheung joined Capital Artists upon the end of his contract with RTV. It was at Capital Artists that Florence Chan became his music agent and remained as such through his entire career. While at Capital Artists, he also met Anita Mui, another Hong Kong Cantopop idol, starting a long lasting friendship. In 1983, Cheung released his first hit song, "The Wind Blows On" (風繼續吹). In 1984, he released his first top ten hit song "Monica", which became the first so-called "fast" song that won the RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs Award. "Monica" became representative of a new genre of Hong Kong music in the mid 1980s. Fans began to demand fast and energetic Cantopop songs that would be suitable for both dancing and listening. Other Top Ten Gold Songs released by Cheung through Capital Artists included "Wild Wind" (不羈的風) (album, For Your Love Only, 1985); "Who Can Be With Me" (有誰共鳴) (album, Leslie Cheung: Allure Me, 1986) and "Love in Those Years" (當年情) (theme song for A Better Tomorrow, album Leslie Cheung: Allure Me, 1986). "Who Can Be With Me" became the Gold of the Gold Songs (Best Song) of the Year for 1986. In the same year, Cheung released his first Mandarin album in Taiwan, also titled "Love in Those Years," and became an instant hit.
Tomorrow is 10th Anniversary of his death that no one believed that was truth as on 1 April, he leapt from 24th Floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at 6:43 (HKT) 2003.
Every year at this time, I will take out this claimed to be the Collection item of best Music and song from Leslie released in 1989. And Place it on my LP-12 Platter and finely tune up the volume of my tube system, and started to enjoy the best recording of this HK Legendary singer.: Leslie Cheung!
I know that there are two sources in HK that you still can get this Album, price is about HKD$1,500 to HKD$5,000 depending on Condition.